Dear Christ Church Family,
I have an apology and a request.
First the apology.
I want to apologize, along with Rev. Shelly and Henry, to all of you who tried to tune in yesterday for the livestream of our Palm Sunday Procession. It was our desire and intent that the service would be filmed and simultaneously livestreamed to Facebook Live, allowing you all to join with us as we processed the Street Chaplaincy path around the University District, marking significant locations, reading scripture, and praying. I know that many of you were looking forward to joining us virtually in that.
Unfortunately, we ran into an insurmountable technical error that we could not have foreseen—Henry was unable to access and post to the Christ Church Facebook page, preventing him from streaming to Facebook Live. There was a great deal of trouble-shooting that was done. But, nothing that was tried worked. I know that Rev. Shelly, Henry, and I are all saddened and disappointed that you could not tune in to join us live. And, we are sorry that no announcement was made at the time.
Henry did film the entire service, however, and it is up on YouTube here.
You can also find a copy of the liturgy we used here.
Rest assured that we are doing all in our power to make the rest of Holy Week run smoothly!
As a reminder, here is an overview of the many ways that you can join in worship of this most important time in the church year—via livestream with home participation and in-person, outdoor events.
If you want to participate in the livestream liturgies with home participation, I would encourage you to bookmark the YouTube link for each of the days.
Maundy Thursday: https://youtu.be/REd44tkXU3Q
Good Friday: https://youtu.be/AfN_fJ3hdCY
Easter Vigil: https://youtu.be/rZpv62Mh4sk
Easter Sunday: https://youtu.be/ImUbhP4gs3E
We are striving to make worship accessible, creative, and meaningful, even in this time when we cannot all gather. Another email with more information and bulletins for these liturgies will be sent in the next couple days.
Which brings me to a request.
We are going to be doing something different for our in-person Easter Vigil. We will sit around the new fire, like a bonfire, and instead of doing traditional scripture readings, we will tell stories—stories of God’s presence from the beginning of creation.
We are hoping that five creative souls, who are planning to attend the Easter Vigil service on Saturday, April 3 at 7:43pm, would sign up for one of the readings. Then sit with it until Saturday, letting it percolate in your mind, and getting your creative juices flowing. Think about what stands out to you and what you would want to communicate to people if they had never heard the story before. And then, when we gather for the Vigil you will tell your reading as a ‘story.’ No text, it’s not formal. Just like it would be if we all sat around a bonfire and told each other tales.
Here are the options to choose from:
If this is something you would like to do, please email Rev. Chris at email@example.com.
We also hope everyone who attends the Vigil will want to stay after the service when we really will roast s’mores and enjoy cans of champagne and soda and socially-distanced fellowship around the fire.
Peace and Blessings as we walk another Holy Week together in the midst of a pandemic. You are missed. And, you are loved.